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Everyday Acupuncture Podcast

Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer

Contrary to popular belief, acupuncture is not just sticking needles into people. It is a way of gently coaxing healing from the body, by helping the body to listen to itself.

While acupuncture is one of the pillars of Chinese medicine, herbal medicine, dietary habits and the influences of foods, movement and postural practices, and a vital blend of ancient physiology along with a keen observational eye for how multiple systems work together all are aspects of Chinese medicine that we will discuss here on Everyday Acupuncture.

So in addition to acupuncture we will touch on those wider aspects of Chinese medicine. And even some aspects of modern medicine as they relate to the ancient Chinese wisdom about health and well-being.

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Nov 11, 2018 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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This is the last episode of Everyday Acupuncture Podcast. If you are long time listener, thanks for coming along on this ride. Those of you that are practitioners, I am continuing to podcast about East Asian medicine and acupuncture over on www.qiologic.com If you are here looking for information about how acupuncture and East Asian medicine might be helpful for you. You are in luck. There are 85 episodes that will help you to better understand the various ways this medicine can be of service.
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Oct 11, 2018 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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I never know what will come up in a clinic session. That’s the fun part of the job; not knowing. Not knowing and being attentive to what arises. It’s a cross between meditation and motorcycle repair. This episode is one of those rare solo shows. It’s fueled by some discussions that commonly occur in my clinic. In this short discussion I’ll cover: Do I need to be sick to get acupuncture? Hydration and fluid metabolism How does acupuncture work? Who is an acupuncturist?
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Sep 10, 2018 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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Qi gong can look deceptively simple. From the outside it looks like stillness in motion, but what is unfolding on the inside is another matter entirely. Here in the West we are used to aggressive, outward motion while being distracted with TV shows, music or magazines at the gym. But the Chinese internal arts, while from the outside does not look like much, inside there is an attentive focus that for many of us is the hardest workout of all. Listen in for a conversation on the simple, but not...
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Aug 8, 2018 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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Pretty much every auntie and grandma in China is well versed in how to use a soup spoon to raise the therapeutic rash of guasha.  Guasha is a part of Chinese folk medicine, and like so many folk medicines, it is simple, safe and effective.  Guasha can be used for a wide variety of aliments from the common cold, to neck and back pain, to headaches, sinus congestion, joint pain, discomfort from chronic injuries and it even helps to tone the face and reduce wrinkles. Listen in and learn how...
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Jul 4, 2018 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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Chinese medicine, philosophy and martial arts all share a common root. The applications might be different, but they come back a grounding in Yin/Yang and Five Phases.  In this episode we speak with a martial artist and teacher who helps us to bridge some of the fundamental perspectives with yin and yang, the ba gua and five phases with modern Jungian psychology.  Listen in and find out why it is important for anyone studying the martial arts to know something about empathy.
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Jun 3, 2018 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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Living in a foreign country brings challenges and opportunities.  In this episode we discuss life and culture in Morocco,  how acupuncture  came to be accepted there, and how what began as a wellness center turned into a school of acupuncture.  
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May 4, 2018 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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Taiwan is famous for it's high tech computer technology, bicycles, fragrant tofu, rivers of scooters, delicious street food, and of course, tea. Today's episode is a bit of a soundscape as we spend a portion of the afternoon drinking and discussing tea. Unlike your Western coffeeshop where you pop in for a beverage to go, or you grab a drink and sit with a couple of friends or work on your computer, a Taiwanese teashop has time unfolding at a completely different pace. And it is about dipping...
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Apr 7, 2018 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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A low reading on a bone density scan does not equal a Fosamax deficiency. Healthy bones aren’t hard, they are rigid living tissue, but they also have a certain amount of flexibility. They designed to bend and absorb shock and stress, and in fact one of the ways that bones become stronger is by challenging and surprising them. We have all heard that exercise and movement is good for the bones. But specifically what kinds of exercise, and which movements are helpful? Our guest in this episode...
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Mar 8, 2018 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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Here in the west we are used to seeing acupuncture clinics in an urban setting, and it is often sought as an adjunctive therapy used combination with other modalities.  In today's show we explore the use of acupuncture in the rural third world setting of Nepal and see how it is an essential and effective part of an integrated clinic that provides low cost care for those living remote areas.  
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Feb 8, 2018 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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Cancer is a curious disease. It’s something we fight as an invader, but at its root it is a part of us. A part of us that is apart from us. We are in essence fighting against ourselves. In this conversation we meander through some perspectives that come from Chinese medicine. Along the way we discuss healing and curing; they are not the same thing. And we step back look to see what other stories are here beside the usual, “this thing must die.” Listen in to this conversation as we seek to...
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Jan 5, 2018 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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Most of us think of gender as something that is rigid and fixed. But in the transgender world the boundaries are more  fluidic.  In this episode we explore not just the particular health concerns, issues with access to the healthcare system, and challenges arising from discrimination and misunderstanding of the transgender community, but also take a look at how gender can be much more fluid and flexible than many of us imagine it to be.  If you are part of the transgender community you'll...
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Dec 4, 2017 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is not just an issue with a woman's ovaries, but can be a systemic condition that is closely tied with a variety of hormonal interactions in the body. The standard conventional treatment involves the use of synthetic hormone birth control pills, which can suppress some of the symptoms, but it does not get at the underlying root of this condition. Chinese medicine, with its long history of natural solutions to women's health issues can be quite effective in...
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Nov 3, 2017 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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As with any profession, the educational requirements have shifted over the years. Today acupuncturists need to not only know East Asian medicine, but a fair amount of Western medicine as well.  In this episode we go into the education required to become a Licensed Acupuncturist, the challenges students face while in school and what you can expect if you decide to go through the training and become a practitioner of East Asian medicine. 
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Oct 22, 2017 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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This episode is a short introduction to a new podcast site that I've recently launched that is specifically geared towards the needs and interests of Chinese medicine practitioners. When I first began Everyday Acupuncture Podcast I envisioned this to be a show that would introduce everyday people to the concepts, methods and possibilities that Chinese medicine offers for naturally healing a wide variety of health concerns. I purposefully avoided technical language and professional jargon. It's...
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Oct 2, 2017 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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Acupuncture is often used with good effect to treat psycho-emotive issues such as chronic anxiety and depression. And it is also helpful in the treatment of various psycho-emotive challenges that arise when someone is faced with their world being turned upside down by natural disaster. There is a particular method of treatment that helps people to regain some equanimity in the face of disastrous circumstances. In this episode we speak with an acupuncturist in Israel who is using these methods...
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Sep 7, 2017 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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You can’t think you way out of thinking. And constant ruminative thought is often at the root of a variety of issues from anxiety and depression, to issues with anger, body image, and the limits we place on ourselves. Our physiology is not disconnected from our emotional lives or endocrinological systems, and so our states of mind are reflected in our bodies. Lots of people think they can't meditate because their mind will not settle down and be quiet. But meditation is not about having a...
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Aug 3, 2017 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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Our guest when we recorded this show, had just completed a year working in the Wounded Warriors program at Walter Reed hospital.  There she used acupuncture to treat veterans for PTSD, trauma brain injury and other chronic conditions that soldiers face after being injured in the line of duty.  As with so many complex and difficult conditions, there is no simple cure for PTSD, as trauma of this sort entangles its way into so many aspects of a person’s life. While we do discuss the role of...
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Jul 8, 2017 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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Most men will have some issues with their prostate as they age. And the vast majority of men will die with some form of prostate cancer, but most will not die from it as most prostate cancers are slow. Figuring out which kind a person has and how to treat it is one of the emerging questions in men's health. Especially as the negative sides effects of treatment can have a big impact on quality of life.  Increasingly there is a question as to whether or not the slow forms of prostate cancer are...
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May 28, 2017 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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Acupuncture is a go-to treatment for musculo-skeletal pain and a commonly used modality for treating sports injuries.  NFL stars, Olympic swimmers, basketball players and other top athletes increasingly turn to acupuncture to help with recovery from injury as evidenced by the occasional headline or picture that gives acupuncture another 15 minutes of fame because some sports hero has needles in them.  Our guest in this episode takes a different view of acupuncture. She is investigating how it...
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Mar 20, 2017 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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Chinese medicine does not just have a 2500 year history of  written and practical application of treating illness and disease. It also has an equally long tradition of cultivating health and well-being.   Here in the West we say "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," so like the Chinese, we have this notion that a little attention to our well-being on a regular basis can help us to sidestep major health issues. The Chinese have long observed nature and used that to...
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Feb 21, 2017 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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Sugar addiction is something that usually gets laughed off with a wink and smile. And yet, as Gary Taubes says in his latest book, The Case Against Sugar, if the increasing rates of diabetes were related to a pathogen instead of a lifestyle, we would be in the midst of an all out "war" on the disease. In my acupuncture practice I've seen sugar as an underlying factor in so many problems that bring patients to my clinic. To that end, I've created a guided inquiry that helps people to...
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Feb 6, 2017 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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Growing up we used to laugh about great-grandma's can of schmaltz that lived in the corner of the kitchen. It's taken the turn of more than a few decades to recognize the value of her peasant wisdom. And might have something to do with her making it into her 90's. In this episode we chew the fat on, well...., fat. After being exiled from the "healthy" American diet since the 1950's, a new generation of metabolic researchers are finding that our fear of fat might be a bit misplaced....
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Jan 11, 2017 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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Some of us know from an early age we are cut out for medicine. Others never saw it coming; life in its wily wisdom throws us a curve ball, or in this case a bicycle accident.  Our guest in this episode sought out acupuncture for a debilitating injury and ended up in a 12 year apprenticeship.  Listen in as we explore how acupuncture doesn't just mask, but fundamentally get people out of pain, why the fluids are so important when it comes to healing, and some eye opening neuro-anatomy that...
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Dec 9, 2016 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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We know that beauty is more than skin deep, but the truth is that skin is more than just skin deep. While it is easy to think that skin conditions are simply a problem of the exterior portion of our body, in reality dermotological problems are frequently the result of internal imbalances.  In this episode we discuss the Chinese perspective on treating skin conditions that get to the root of the problem, so you don't have to use dangerous medications, or be on drugs that only control symptoms...
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Nov 8, 2016 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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Acupuncture is well known in the Western world for its effectiveness in treating pain. In this episode we take a multilayered look at orthopedic acupuncture. While acupuncture is often considered to be an "energetic" medicine, our guest today takes us deep into the structural, neurological, chemical and functional aspects of why things hurt and what you can do about it.    
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Oct 11, 2016 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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We often think of germs, genetic abnormalities, poor lifestyle choices or plain bad luck as being the cause of illness and disease. We go looking for the "smoking gun," for the one thing that was the source of our troubles, but often the health issues we face arise out of a much more complex stew of causes and conditions. In this episode Greg Bantick and I discuss the various ways that both illness and health can arise, how at times the symptoms we are troubled by are helpful...
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Sep 15, 2016 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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It's fairly common knowledge these days that acupuncture is helpful in promoting fertility and pregnancy. But acupuncture is not just helpful for getting pregnant, it has a track record in easing the discomfort of back pain, digestive, urinary and emotional issues that are often not well treated by conventional medicine. Additionally, acupressure can be of tremendous benefit to a woman in labor, and this kind of support can be provided by a family member or other person assisting during the...
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Aug 11, 2016 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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With American Olympic athletes suddenly sporting red and purple cupping marks, this ancient healing modality has set the Internet and traditional media ablaze with questions and surprise about those big circular marks. Of course, cupping is not new. It’s been used in Asia for millennia. And if you were paying attention to Chinese swimmers in past Olympics, you would have noticed the same sporty marks. Today’s show goes not only into what these marks are about and why they are...
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Jul 8, 2016 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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Tai Chi is one of the more well known Chinese health practices that has made its way to the West. But there was a time when this gentle movement art was unknown outside of the Chinese world.  In the 60's Cheng Man-Ching "The Professor" came from Taiwan to New York and began to do something unheard of; teach this ancient movement practice to Westerners.  Today's guest is a writer, filmmaker and long time Tai Chi practitioner who has helped to capture the story of Cheng Man-Ching and...
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Jun 14, 2016 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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People often joke about being addicted to sugar. After all, how could something as cute and celebratory as a cupcake be bad? But it is not just the cupcake, or the sugary energy drink, it is that sugar has found its way into most foods and the combined effect on our metabolism has spawned an epidemic of obesity, diabetes and mood disorders. What's more, we think of sugar as a treat, a reward, something comforting. And yet it is as addictive as cocaine and as readily available as your next trip...
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May 25, 2016 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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There are a number of chronic degenerative eye problems that respond to acupuncture. In this episode, our guest discusses his experience using acupuncture to effectively treat macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, Stargardt's and diabetic retinopathy.  We discuss not only treating the eyes, but how the eyes are a part of the nervous system and using acupuncture helps the entire body to find a deeper level of health and wellbeing. 
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May 10, 2016 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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We often hear about acupuncture being used as an “alternative” when conventional biomedicine has failed to bring relief or resolution to a problem. So it seems a bit counterintuitive to think about acupuncture being used as part of first line care in an emergency room.  And that is exactly where this episode’s guest practices— in the ER of a hospital. Listen in for how he works as an integrated member of an emergency room team, and how acupuncture is helpful to patients transiting...
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Apr 27, 2016 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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Contrary to the view of conventional medicine, women's menstrual cycles can be smoothed and regulated with natural methods. In this episode we look at how a woman's monthly cycle is a vital indicator of her overall health.  Additionally, we see how the "periods" that accompany hormonal birth control are not periods in the true sense, and how suppressing ovulation with synthetic hormones has a profound effect on a woman's true hormonal tide.  Listen in and gain a whole new...
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Apr 11, 2016 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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We often hear about the so-called "mind/body connection," but have you noticed that the very phrase already assumes some kind of disconnect? In this episode we discuss over tea, Chinese medicine's view of how body and emotion are profoundly intertwined, what to do about worry, and how art helps with healing. Listen in for a wandering conversation that starts with how our body/spirit unknowingly slips into the groove of habit and eventually meanders its way into modern physics.
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Mar 17, 2016 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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In our electronically enhanced speed of silicon world we are easily lured into believing that faster is better, and motion is more productive than stillness.  But, think of the cat crouched and ready to pounce, the coiled snake still with a spring load of potential, or the sprinter settled into her blocks. Indeed explosive movement can arise from a dynamic stillness.  In today's episode we explore the dynamics of standing still. How settling into our physiology allows antagonistic muscle...
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Mar 4, 2016 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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We often think that our hormones drive our emotions. And while there is some truth in that, it is equally true that our emotions, states of mind, and the stories that we tell our selves also have a profound impact on our hormones. In today's episode we look at how our thoughts and emotions are intimately connected with our endocrinological system. How "balancing hormones" is more than simply supplementing estrogen or testosterone. And how our states of mind powerfully effect our...
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Feb 13, 2016 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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Westerners honestly come by their apprehension, discomfort and distrust of Chinese herbal medicine. After all, we didn't grow up with this stuff. Our mother's didn't feed us "Cinnamon and Peony Decoction" when we had a cold, we got tomato soup and grilled cheese. Our culture has us going to the drugstore instead of the herb market. Plus, why should we take a medication we don't know anything about? Today's guest is a patient from Yong Kang Clinic, and he's turned the microphone around...
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Feb 2, 2016 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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If you are thinking there has to be a better solution for the ails of childhood than antibiotics, anti-anxiety meds, ear tubes and amphetamines; you're right! Our guest in this episode has his feet firmly planted in both conventional biomedicine and Chinese medicine. Listen in for a conversation on how a shift in perspective can help to resolve issues that medications can't really touch, the importance of a properly functioning digestive system (and how to tune it up), and a detour into how the...
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Jan 19, 2016 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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Fertility issues are more than simply being able to get pregnant. Cultivating a fertile internal environment, having a healthy pregnancy, carrying a child to term and being able to give them a healthy vitality all are part of the process of bringing a new life into the world. In this episode we explore how acupuncture, Chinese herbs, functional medicine, stress reduction, nutrition and some good old common sense all can help couples who are dealing with fertility issues.
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Jan 12, 2016 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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Today's show is a bit different from the usual dialogue between practitioners. Due to listener demand Michael Max offers up a solo show as a way of commemorating one year of Everyday Acupuncture Podcast. Listen in for his thoughts on how acupuncture works, why Chinese medicine practitioners look at your tongue,  an overview of some of the common Yang Sheng (life nourishing) practices that he has seen be helpful in his clinical practice, and a few things you should consider if you are thinking...
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Dec 31, 2015 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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Sleep. It is one of those fundamental aspects of life that we take for granted, until we find ourselves writing and editing lists in our mind, or rehashing conversations at 3am.  Sleep is a simple and natural process, except for when it's not. And then all our efforts at a slide into slumber only takes us further from the rest we seek.  Our guest in this conversation has made a deep study of sleep. And  assisted many former insomniacs in finding a night full of rest and rejuvenation. ...
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Dec 15, 2015 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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Sometimes we don't even know the rut we're in. Until a symptom, accident or diagnosis snaps us into into an unexpected moment of presence.  We can chose the route of "fixing" our bodies, or engage a process of looking into "how we got here" and make more informed choices about the road to take from here.  In this episode we explore how the choices we make can land us in a difficult situation, and some options that Chinese medicine provides for regaining our balance and...
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Dec 1, 2015 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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An overnight treatment for back pain? Yes. But, as with so much in life, it's not a "one and done." It is process. A slight shift in habit and practice that allows your body to unwind postural kinks and find a space of ease and comfort. And from that neutral place of comfort help to promote the healing of  stressed and damaged tissues. Today's guest noticed that her patients were getting results from acupuncture, but lifestyle habits caused stress or injury to their backs, thus...
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Nov 17, 2015 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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We tend to associate acupuncture with China. But auricular therapy was first developed in France, and then wandered its way back to the Middle Kingdom. And yes, there is a story to be told there. Listen in to find out about why the ear is one of the most powerful and effective acupuncture microsystems. And how it can be used to treat everything from back pain to digestive problems, to endocrinological disorders.    
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Nov 1, 2015 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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As with so many paths that open to us in life, our guest in this episode did not set out to make a deep study of Parkinson's. She stumbled into it by first helping a number patients who had foot injuries. And from there has delved deeply into neurobiology, brain chemistry, Chinese medicine, and psychology in her study of how long-term physiological shock can effect brain chemistry and movement disorders.  Our conversation touches on the triggering events that can lead to Parkinson's, and how...
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Oct 21, 2015 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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We rarely think of our feet as the amazing complex multi-boned platforms that allow us to walk upright. And in fact they are sensory organs with a deep affinity for balance, movement and listening to the environment.  This is an encore interview with our guest Mary Bond, who joined us on EAP020 for a discussion of Presence and Movement. We'd planned to talk about feet, but got delightfully sidetracked with breathing and how that opens the spine.  Today's show not only takes deep look into...
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Oct 7, 2015 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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We seek out medical practitioners because we want to know. There is a problem and we want it gone. Sometimes the process of discovery is not difficult, and health concerns are quickly resolved. But then there are those issues that linger for years, decades even. They defy the insurance reimbursed scans and lab tests. They might be "managed" by a drug. But who wants to be on a medication for the rest of their life? Or a cascade of side-effect reducing medications. These confounding...
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Sep 23, 2015 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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The Chinese medicine perspective on physiology connects and diverges from the conventional Western view like a blue highway meanders around an Interstate.  Our guest on this episode speaks fluently from the perspectives of both modern biomedicine and the ancient art of Chinese medicine.  What's more, in looking through the lens of embryological development and the way modern surgeons use the "spaces between" for laparoscopic surgeries , he illuminates the connections between organ...
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Sep 15, 2015 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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Research is a funny thing. On one hand, most of us think of it as the most dry and boring stuff you could possibly read. On the other hand, we see it as the Holy Grail of truth when it comes to understanding the effectiveness of medical interventions. As with most things in life, the truth is much more complex and nuanced. In this episode our guest introduces us to nonlinear and complex adaptive systems approaches to researching medical interventions. Listen in to find out why  double-blind...
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Aug 30, 2015 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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The classics of Chinese medicine describe the digestive system in terms of what today we'd call a compost pile. Indeed we symbiotically live with, and are dependent on, a population of microbes that outnumbers our "human" cells.    Our modern day war on the bacterial world is perhaps a bit misguided. And rather than trying to assassinate a few bad bugs, it might be a better idea to cultivate a diverse population of other microbes that naturally work to keep the troublemakers in...
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Aug 11, 2015 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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We often imagine we want the latest in medicine's technological innovation should we find ourselves or a loved one in the midst of illness and suffering. But there are moments when our most advanced technology, while it can save lives, can not reach into the spaces inhabited by human spirit.    There is no pill or procedure that brings us vividly into the unfolding moment. But, there is a practice. And that is what we will explore in this episode.    Our guest in this program stands at the...
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Aug 6, 2015 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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What does creativity have to do with health? Plenty if are going to navigate the inevitable changes that life brings in a way leads toward cultivating resilience and adaptability. Our guest today, while trained as an artist and designer, has acquired a knack for helping others to connect with the creativity and beginner's mind awareness that gives us continuous access to the gifts of this moment. Listen in for a discussion of discovery and connection that is available to all of us, and how to...
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Jul 29, 2015 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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We are all are touched by death. Many of us know something about it. Few of us understand the process. And while the tools of modern medicine often accompany the dying, death is not a medical condition. Our guest in this episode is country doctor and long-time practicing acupuncturist. He did not set out to use acupuncture to aid the dying; it evolved out of his care, compassion and willingness to sit with his own not-knowing as he accompanied his patients. Listen in for some stories of...
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Jul 21, 2015 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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Many of us fire up a meditation practice only to find ourselves sitting in an overwhelming riot of thought and agitation. Isn't this practice supposed to calm us down, lower blood pressure, ease the migraines, and maybe give our recurring assortment of anxieties, troubles and tribulations a nudge to the curb? Yes, that's the common story, but the reality of a clear mirror held up to the mind will not have you feeling like those just-so poised and apparently calm models on the Internet. You'll...
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Jul 7, 2015 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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Pain is one of the most common reasons that people seek out an acupuncturist. And while the results can at times be stunningly effective, there are also situations where the process of healing unfolds in a slower, or frustratingly stutter-step way.    In this episode we explore the role of the nervous system and its role in patterns of chronic pain. And we dig into some of the various ways that acupuncture not only effects our physiology, but our neurology as well. 
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Jul 7, 2015 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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We learn so much from the animals in our lives, and often they hold up a mirror to us about who we are in the world and how life can unfolded with so splendidly when we are simply, exactly as we are in the moment.    And like us, our pets have health concerns, especially as the years gather. Today's guest is a veterinarian who practices exclusively with acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and other natural healing modalities.      Listen in and found out why one of your pets might like...
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Jun 30, 2015 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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The birth control pill has been lauded, and for good reason too, as a way for women to take charge of their reproductive choices. And while it does a fine job of preventing conception, for some women it is not without paying a physical, emotional or psychological price. Our guest today has taken a closer look at the bitter side of the pill and brought to light some common side effects that generally are glossed over. She also shares with us some unique and interesting ways of combining  high...
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Jun 24, 2015 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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While skin issues appear at the surface of the body, in fact, they are the external expression of interior imbalances. In today's show we learn about treating skin conditions from the inside out. And delve into anti-aging treatments that both will knock a few years off your looks and help you to inhabit a greater state of health and wellbeing. 
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Jun 17, 2015 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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All kinds of questions can come up when you've decided to find an acupuncturist.   Where to begin? Which style of acupuncture is best for me? How do I make sense of the differing kinds of training that people billing themselves of "acupuncturists" get? How will I know it is helping me?   All these are really good questions. And worth asking of any medical practitioner when you think about it.   Our guest on this show has studied both in the USA and in Asia, is the president of an...
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Jun 10, 2015 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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Birth control pills are generally thought of as a side-effect free medication that prevents pregnancy and can help to regulate a troublesome period. It's true it prevents ovulation, which in turn removes the possibility of conception. However, its synthetic hormonal tide not only creates profound mental and emotional shifts, but it can cause problems with conceiving for years after discontinuation. Our guest today focuses in on fertility through the lenses of conventional medicine, Chinese...
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Jun 2, 2015 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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In this episode we discuss with a long time Zen practitioner the curious human habit of having conversations with people who are not present, in places that we don't actually inhabit.    While the common image of meditation is one of peaceful stillness where the mind idles along like the purring of a kitten, the reality is that meditation more often than not drops us into the center of a what feels like a madhouse.    Listen in and find out about how meditation is not so much for stillness...
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May 26, 2015 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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This episode is one of a series that was recorded at the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture's symposium in St. Louis, Missouri.    In this interview we take a look at how acupuncture has been integrated into this Cincinnati clinic that focuses comprehensive well-being instead of symptom control. 
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May 26, 2015 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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This episode is one of a series that was recorded at the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture's symposium in St. Louis, Missouri.      In this interview we get into the details of how Dr. LeGlue uses acupuncture in his physical rehabilitation clinic to help control patient's pain, reduce the amount of pain medication they need and save them money.
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May 26, 2015 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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This episode is one of a series that was recorded at the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture's symposium in St. Louis, Missouri.    In this interview we go behind the scenes in the hospital and see how Dr. Christopherson used acupuncture to help patients come out of anesthesia, treat a wide variety of pain and help the staff of operating rooms find their own most lucid balance.    She also shares with us some personal experiences using acupuncture to help her husband with circulatory...
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May 17, 2015 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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There are plenty of ways to approach enhancing fertility, and our guest today works at the cusp of modern high tech endocrinology and Chinese medicine and acupuncture.    Listen in for how she combines these powerful and complimentary methods to help couples take home a healthy baby.    This show is chock full of useful information about using ancient and modern methods to conceive,  and provides plenty of DIY  lifestyle and dietary changes that can help you to increase your fertility.
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May 12, 2015 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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The Chinese have been looking at the relationship between food and health for 1000's of years. There is an old saying in Chinese that says, "Let your food be your medicine."    Our guest in today's show talks about food from a traditional perspective. And he has some eye opening ideas on how to turn your grains into vegetables!     Additionally, he has done some study on the effect of acupuncture on working memory and anxiety that will be of interest to you if you are prone to...
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May 6, 2015 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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"Your posture is determined by the moment before you move..."   How often do we think of posture as something that is fixed, static, out of awareness and somehow outside of us?   In this show Mary Bond explores with us subtle motions in the body that can lead to a vast opening of awareness, movement and ease.    Listen in as we explore breath, the gentle spacious moment that proceeds movement and a curious ease that comes from dropping our "efforting."      While many...
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Apr 29, 2015 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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“Everyone lives differently and everyone dies differently." Our guest today is no stranger to death as she has worked with people from the ICU to the hospice bed. In this show we meander through how the profoundly quieting effect of acupuncture can help those who are transitioning out of this world. This show will not only be of interest to those who may be considering acupuncture for a family member at the end of life, but also for acupuncturists who want to learn how they can better be...
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Apr 21, 2015 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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Increasingly many conventional markets offer some kind of "organic" poultry or a limited amount of grass-fed beef. However, at Bolyard's Meat and Provisions all they do is organic and pasture raised meats.    Want to know the difference between a conventional "organic" chicken and one that is pasture raised? Muscle tone!    In this show we talk with Chris Bolyard about using all of the animal from nose to tail, bone broth, how to add a bit of vitamin and mineral rich...
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Apr 14, 2015 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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How often do you hear people express gratitude toward a debilitating, degenerative disease for the gifts that come enfolded in the darkness?    In this week's show our guest shares her journey of the slow slide into the fatigue and neurological flare-ups of Multiple Sclerosis, and how she has come to trust herself in finding her own path through illness and into wellbeing.   
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Apr 7, 2015 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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It's no accident that we talk about fertile soil being the foundation of a vibrant garden. Fertility is not simply about being able to get pregnant, but being able to carry that child to term and provide the essential nourishment they need to have all the resources required to grow into a healthy and vital life.    Much of the so-called common knowledge about "good" nutrition really needs an update. And that is the topic of this week's show, as we explore traditional foods that not...
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Mar 28, 2015 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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The tables get turned on Everyday Acupuncture's host Michael Max, as he finds himself on the other side of microphone with Margot Rossi. Margot was Michael's first acupuncturist, and over the years their relationship has evolved into one of deep friendship and respected colleagues.  Margot has a gift for asking pertinent, thoughtful questions that require a person to dig deep into the heart of his or her experience. She's been like that ever since the first day that Michael sat down in her...
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Mar 25, 2015 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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It all started when our guest in today's show got her tail in a knot about the "greenwashing" of skin care products. But instead of complaining Christine Kizik did something about it! Along with her husband Eran Even, an expert in Chinese herbalism, she created a line of skin products that aren't really that different from food. And really, when you think about it, why would you put anything on your skin that wouldn't be willing to put in your mouth? Listen in for how you too can...
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Mar 18, 2015 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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Sinus issues are something that everyone at some point in time will deal with. It might be the constant drippy nose and sneezing of allergy season. The occasional winter bug making the rounds. Or a long term predisposition to sinus infections and sinus headaches.    Our guest on today's show, Cara Frank, has decades of experience treating sinus issues with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.    Listen in for effective clinically proven herbal solutions, and some simple things you can...
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Mar 10, 2015 Michael Max: Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and Writer
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Each year close to 800,000 people suffer a stroke in the USA. In Asia, acupuncture is commonly used to help people recover from stroke. And especially if received on a regular basis it can help in profound ways. Our guest today Daniel Altschuler learned his acupuncture and herbal medicine in Taiwan, where he frequently saw stroke patients. Listen in to not only to learn how acupuncture can help with stroke recovery, but also learn some simple things you can do can assist in helping someone you...